It’s Terminator Salvation week! This year’s franchise reboot that we were most looking forward to (we’ve always just liked Terminator more than Star Trek), though when we say “looking forward to” we mean “trepidatious about any new film directed by that glossy hack, McG.” (Seriously—who calls themselves “McG”? And then expects people to call him that even when they know him personally, as heard in that famous Christian Bale tape?)
Despite the trailer, where things done blow up good, few reviewers are impressed, with—for example—Eye’s Adam Nayman arguing that the film’s “script wreaks nearly as much havoc on the series’ continuity as McG’s frenetic direction does on our eyeballs.”
This week’s other “action film” comes from the hands of Jim Jarmusch, The Limits of Control. Apparently similar to Ghost Dog (one of our favourite Jarmusch) it would sound better if it didn’t have a tiresome parade of famous cameos (such as John Hurt and Tilda Swinton), as has become Jarmusch’s wont recently. Damning with some amazingly faint praise, NOW’s Norm Wilner says, “I didn’t mind sitting through the thing, even as I felt myself tiring of it in the final reel.”
And finally seeing a release this week is The Brothers Bloom (pictured above), which played at TIFF and failed to impress us. We wonder if it has seen some edits since we saw it then, but there’s very little that could fix the story, which at the time we said was “genuinely very straightforward, and resolutely dull and disappointing by the time you get to the end.”
Also out this week: another new parody about a film genre that has already reached self-parody (again from the Wayans brothers), Dance Flick; a similarly unnecessary sequel to Night at the Museum; Rudo Y Cursi; and Little Ashes, which stars Twilight’s Robert Pattinson as a young Dali in a homosexual love triangle. That one is probably worth going to just to watch the confusion on the faces of the groups of teenage girls who will be in the theatre.